Were the Pharisees Responsible for the Destruction of the Temple?

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17 And I was grieved with my companions; and being wounded in mind we hid ourselves; for we were being sought for by them as criminals, and as being those wishing to set fire to the Temple. And upon all these things we fasted and sat mourning and weeping night and day until the Shabbath.

Besorah Kepha [The Gospel of Peter] 17

TO this very day, Judaism is identified with the rabbinic tradition of the Parashiym and vice versa. That is to say, the ancient Hebrew faith contained neither Judaism nor the Parashiym and there is no Judaism to be had without them. If you don’t believe me then follow this link to Judaism’s official Wiki article, wherein the unlearned mind will read a series of provocative claims. I aim to go over a couple of them over the following so many pages. You may be wondering why I’m thinking of bringing it up that whole messy business now. It has to do with what Kepha claims in verse 17. The quip about his being wounded in mind probably refers to the cock crow incident and, seeing as how the narrative has turned to his own personal experience, indicates there is much which should precede verse 1 but doesn’t. But then there is the reason as to why he had to hide. Kepha and the other Talmidiym were being falsely accused of a plot which entailed setting fire to the Temple.

They were projecting. Yes, you heard me right. Projecting. In slightly more technical terms, psychological projection is a defense mechanism of alterity concerning ‘inside’ content mistaken to be coming from the ‘outside’ other. Slightly simplified, it is taking your own thoughts, emotions, or desire, and misappropriating it in somebody else rather than yourself. I didn’t intend this to be couch therapy but sometimes shrink-issues cannot be avoided. What I’m about to tell you is something which you are unlikely to hear anywhere else, certainly not from the pulpit. The Parashiym were willing to light a match if it meant taking out their competition. And in fact, I suspect they not only conspired to do so but ensured that their plans were executed. It was most definitely already on their mind during the passion week, and they were blaming Yahusha and company for it.

As you can see, work is continuing on my line-for-line commentary of Besorah Kepha, or the Gospel of Peter. We’re onto verse 17 now. You can catch up with the conversation there or read the entire report in the PDF file below.

PDF [UPDATE]: Besorah Kepha: a Commentary

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